As this year draws to a close, many are in the throes of planning out their 2016. Vacations, appointments, birthdays and anniversaries all find a place on our calendar but there are a few more key dates you will definitely want to write down!
Four times a year, for about 21 days, we experience a phase known as Mercury Retrograde. It used to be that whenever I’d mention this to someone they would look at me like I had three heads, but more and more, people are getting to know about this cosmic phenomenon and its associated SNAFUs.
You see whenever Mercury is in Retrograde we tend to have a higher than normal incidence of electronics going haywire, computer crashes, techno-glitches and miscommunications. Travel plans may go awry and all sorts of havoc seems to be unleased.
That’s because Mercury is the planet that rules communication and periodically, it appears to slow down, then stop and then move slowly backwards for several weeks (retrograde). This occurs because Mercury travels faster than the Earth and it periodically catches up with Earth, passing us by. It doesn’t actually slow down, stop and move backwards though, it only appears to do so.
But not without buggering up things to do with commerce, computers, telephones, transportation and air travel. And, since Mercury also rules your intelligence, mind and memory, you may find yourself wandering around in a brain fog during this time as well.
But it’s not all doom and gloom, you can actually harness the power of Mercury Retrograde in 2016 and get it to work FOR you rather than against you. Here’s how…
First of all, let’s put the dates for this sucker on the calendar, shall we?
MERCURY RETROGRADE 2016
- January 5 – 25
- April 28 – May 22
- August 30 – September 22
- December 19 – January 8
Now while Retrograde is NOT the time to start a new job, sign agreements, begin new projects, travel a lot etc. it can be a GREAT time to undertake tasks that start with “RE”. So here are 5 excellent things to do when Mercury goes Retro.
CHECK IT OUT — Mercury Retrograde is a great time to undertake research, check things out, and do some homework. It’s also great for re-working projects, re-strategizing and writing and working behind the scenes.
FEEL THE LOVE – During the three weeks of Retrograde re-connect with old colleagues, friends and even old lovers, if you dare.
BACK IT UP BABY – Haven’t backed up your computer records and important data in a while? You might wanna get to that pronto. You’ll thank me later.
DO OVER – You know those times when you wish you had a time machine so you could go back in time and re-do something? Well this is it! Think of Retrograde as your opportunity to rethink, redo, revisit, reconnect, rewrite, rebuild, re-evaluate, reconsider, review, revise and repair all kinds of situations. Go nuts!
OH THERE IT IS! – Mercury is a sly trickster and he loves to play hide and seek. But you may be pleasantly surprised and rediscover that pair of earrings you thought you had lost or find a treasured object that you were sure was never to be found again. On the flip side, keep an eye on your keys, wallets and documents at this time as they may have a tendency to go AWOL.
Knowledge is POWER! So now that you know what’s coming around the corner you can plan appropriately and you never know…you just might come to have warm and fuzzy feelings about Retrograde after all.
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